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As an unexpected consequence of a gun control law that took effect Jan. 1, the names of people admitted for mental health treatment at California hospitals are being recorded in state law enforcement computers. Although meant to keep firearms away from those who are considered dangerous to themselves or to society, the practice also applies to psychiatric patients who voluntarily check themselves in for treatment and have no history of violent behavior.
April 2, 1989 | ALAN C. MILLER, Times Staff Writer
David Weisburd's mental illness struck without warning when he was a sophomore at Harvard University. The brilliant, handsome young man was suddenly tormented by inexplicable voices that he could not silence, voices that threatened to kill him. "David took me to the television set and said, 'Look, Dad, don't you see what they're doing; the whole world wants me dead,' " recalled Dan E. Weisburd. He said his son then "ran about 15 or 20 feet and smashed his head into the front door.
February 25, 2011 | David Lazarus
Let's call it what it is: a sin tax. A California lawmaker is targeting the obesity epidemic with a tax that would slap a penny-an-ounce levy on drinks sweetened with sugar or corn syrup. The food industry, not surprisingly, has squared off against the idea, arguing that the tax bill is a punitive assault on personal choice. "The government doesn't have the right to social engineer," said J. Justin Wilson, senior research analyst at the industry-backed Center for Consumer Freedom.
August 31, 1989 | From Times wire services
Poisonous household products would be required to contain chemicals that make them taste bitter under child protection legislation that was announced today. Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar) said at a Capitol news conference that he will amend the proposal into a bill awaiting action in the Assembly Health Committee. The intent, he said, is to discourage young children from ingesting toxic household products that may appear and taste like food and drink.
June 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A bill that would allow over-the-counter sales of up to 30 needles or syringes in licensed pharmacies to adults 18 and older has passed the Assembly Health Committee, 13-2. The bill, authored by state Sen. John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara), also has passed in the Senate and heads to the Assembly Public Safety Committee next week. Supporters said the measure would reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis B and C among drug users. Opponents argue that it condones drug use.
May 13, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks proposed Wednesday that adult film actors be required to wear condoms during filming. For the last month, Southern California's adult film industry has been rocked by the news that five of its stars have tested positive for HIV. But many producers and distributors have balked at requiring condoms. A similar bill at the state level has been put aside by the Assembly's Health Committee for study.
February 4, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Tenet Healthcare Corp. charged California state workers about 50% more for care than other hospitals did, a report showed. The California Public Employees' Retirement System paid an average of $15,213 for Tenet hospital stays last year, compared with the average $10,399 cost of hospitalization at other facilities in the state, according to an audit CalPERS will deliver to the Assembly Health Committee.
Junk-food junkies beware: State Sen. Martha Escutia is on a mission to rid California public schools of sodas, candy bars and other sweet snacks. The lawmaker informed her colleagues last week that she is determined to push for legislation that would significantly restrict the types of foods and drinks sold in public schools--a move that sent the snack and soda industry into a frenzy.
February 11, 1988
Inglewood Councilman Daniel Tabor filed papers Wednesday to run for the 50th District seat of seven-term Assemblyman Curtis Tucker (D-Inglewood), the powerful Assembly Health Committee chairman who has consistently won reelection by huge margins. Tabor, 32, a two-term city councilman, cast himself as a young candidate willing to offer a grass-roots leadership and said that Tucker has lost touch with his constituents.
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